Nick Hallett is a composer, vocalist, and cultural producer working between the worlds of music, art, and performance.
Based in New York City, his work has been presented in recent years by the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Ecstatic Music Festival, The Kitchen, The Public Theater/Joe's Pub, ISSUE Project Room, Roulette, National Sawdust, and Le Poisson Rouge, among others. He is currently collaborating with choreographer Bill T. Jones, as composer of the the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company's latest dance-theater work, Analogy: A Trilogy.
His first opera, co-authored with artist Shana Moulton, Whispering Pines 10, premiered at The Kitchen in April 2010 and has since been staged at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, SFMOMA, Carolina Performing Arts, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art's TBA Festival, Cricoteka (Poland), and The Warhol Museum. Hallett and Moulton were awarded a Creative Capital grant to adapt the project for the Internet.
After organizing a performance for the Joshua Light Show in 2007, Hallett became the project's Music Director, collaborating with its founder, Joshua White, and an intergenerational team of live cinema artists. The light show tours internationally, appearing with a wide range of music. Hallett's original compositions have also featured in the project, as part of presentations at the Hayden Planetarium of the American Museum of Natural History, Mutek Mexico City, and Transmediale/CTM Festival at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, among others.
He held the first artist residency of the New Museum of Contemporary Art's theater in May 2009, creating Voice + Light Systems, a four-part performance series that dealt with the human voice as artistic medium, and his work was featured in the 2007 and 2009 PERFORMA biennials.
With Zach Layton, he co-directs the celebrated Darmstadt series, which supports the reperformance of adventurous works of experimental music and art from the 20th century canon.
From 2000 to 2003, he led the band Plantains, a new wave-cabaret act incorporating electronic music and video, collaborating with Ray Sweeten and Seth Kirby, among others.